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Five Small-Cap Materials Stars that Outperformed During the First Quarter

By  +Follow April 1, 2014 7:20AM
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Looking at sector performance during the first quarter of 2014, basic materials is currently in third place with an overall gain of 2.91 percent, behind only utilities (+ 6.88 percent) and healthcare (+ 7.25 percent), but ahead of the ostensibly booming tech sector (+1.69).

A gain just shy of 3 percent may seem modest, but considering the headwinds that have been whipping up around the sector since the end of 2013, notably the slower pace of the Chinese economy that has been a drag on global commodity prices and booming US production of oil and gas that is quickly leading to growing stockpiles, it is rather impressive. These conditions make for an even riskier environment than usual for the sector’s small-cap space.

And this is precisely why investors and stock-pickers who are well-disposed to the risks of potential high-growth plays will want to familiarize themselves with the materials companies of Equities.com’s 2014 Small-Cap stars index. According to our own home-brewed screening methodology, many of the 30 companies representing the materials sector our index include some notable Q1 performances, and are handily bypassing their competition, as well as their respective overall sector averages.

Senomyx Inc. ($SNMX) - Specialty Chemicals

Market-Cap: $444.30 million

Price: $10.67

Q1 2014 Return: +110.45 percent (vs.+7.89 percent industry average)

Westmoreland Coal Co. ($WLB) - Nonmetallic Mineral Mining

Market-Cap: $442.23 million

Price: $29.78

Q1 2014 Return: +63.90 percent (vs. -3.03 percent industry average)

Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. ($GPRE) - Specialty Chemicals

Market-Cap: $914.08 million

Price: $29.96

Q1 2014 Return: +55.88 percent (vs.+7.89 percent industry average)

Willbros Group Inc. ($WG) - Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
Market-Cap: $629.36 million

Price: $12.62

Q1 2014 Return: +38.68 percent (vs. +8.39 percent industry average)

Synergy Resources Corporation ($SYRG) - Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

Market-Cap: $824.31 million

Price: $10.75

Q1 2014 Return: +17.49 percent (vs. +8.39 percent industry average)

Penford Corporation ($PENX) - Specialty Chemicals

Market-Cap: $179.50 million

Price: $14.36 percent

Q1 2014 Return: +13.52 percent (vs.+7.89 percent industry average)

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Results for SNMX
WatchTheFunds
4 Aug 15 20:43:02
$SNMX Institutional ownership up 3.25% Q/Q, with 855,747 net purchase http://t.co/oBsy4uyTPZ http://t.co/mIbrXei8AZ
Ticker Report
4 Aug 15 17:53:35
Senomyx Downgraded to Hold at Zacks $SNMX http://t.co/0Q1iNaPbDQ
dailystockplays.com
4 Aug 15 15:38:37
CMF Improving http://t.co/eRfAPAfU8a $PBCT $SBAC $DWTI $SNMX $HRG $GDDY $CMGE $RUSS $EVH $LDRH $GAME $USCR $MUB $DZZ $JETS $OXFD $FXP $HDGE
joshua surette-coles
4 Aug 15 14:40:14
$SNMX.. ON WATCH FOR BREAKOUT NEEDS TO BREAKOUT OF $7.30
TopFlight Trades
4 Aug 15 11:11:36
http://t.co/tf7TUyew6W Started new positions in $SNMX and $I today - Details in Premium feed
[StockyAndrew]
4 Aug 15 07:33:27
Watching for the $SNMX crack here. Big level
Sleek Money
4 Aug 15 07:21:16
Senomyx Upgraded by Zacks to Strong-Buy $SNMX http://t.co/cUp9eOjmhc
wsnewspublishers
4 Aug 15 07:18:44
Pre-Market Stocks Roundup: http://t.co/hqREYz6czZ $SNMX $TW $HALO $PCRX
Eli Brown
4 Aug 15 06:14:54
Watching: $PLUG $OGEN $SNMX $AMD $LXRX $BXLT
Calderquacks
4 Aug 15 05:59:13
RT @OzarkTrades: $OGEN $SNMX $SHAK also on short watch. Nothing great yet, looking for continuation before I start
PAYD
4 Aug 15 05:36:20
$LXRX $OMVS $USEG $WNDW $ECSL $AVXL $CAS $OGEN $RNO $AAU $HTCH $VTL $AMD $DWCH $CDRB $SGOC $SNMX $TEAR $URG $POETF http://t.co/lyiSGwDvox
Greg David
4 Aug 15 05:12:54
http://t.co/APzP66vnr4 nailed 22 picks in a row last week. Awesome. Google them. Related: $AHT $RFP $STM $JASO $CTRL $PDFS $SNMX
Breaking News
4 Aug 15 04:01:02
$SNMX: Pre-Market Stocks Roundup: Senomyx. (NASDAQ:SNMX), Towers ...: http://t.co/gQduNIS35S
Bilo Selhi
4 Aug 15 03:23:05
http://t.co/W3gditBjAt members alerted to $EPRS +23% See track record and join today http://t.co/gOZezqGZW2 $EZPW $SNMX $RTIX $ABEO
12Stocks.com
4 Aug 15 03:04:36
Weekly SmallCap #Stocks Trend $ARR $LXRX $I $VRNG $ATEN $SNMX $MGI $GIFI $SONS $WWE $PLUG $SKYW $INCR more@ http://t.co/Giravo3fg9
Tommy
3 Aug 15 22:55:05
8.4 Watch List : $AAPL $AMD $FCSC $HTCH $LXRX $OGEN $ONTY $SNMX $TWTR $UWTI http://t.co/Y9hnWPo6Uj
Bilo Selhi
3 Aug 15 21:10:42
http://t.co/W3gditBjAt members alerted to $EPRS +23% See track record and join today http://t.co/gOZezqGZW2 $EZPW $SNMX $RTIX $ABEO
J. Alejandro Molano
3 Aug 15 20:00:05
$SNMX on watch potential short or red/green. $CAS $EXEL $SKYW
will crowder
3 Aug 15 18:16:59
RT @OzarkTrades: $OGEN $SNMX $SHAK also on short watch. Nothing great yet, looking for continuation before I start
Phil Goedeker
3 Aug 15 18:12:31
$OGEN $SNMX $SHAK also on short watch. Nothing great yet, looking for continuation before I start
Jose Rios 
3 Aug 15 18:01:59
Senomyx: The Long Wait Is (Nearly) Over $SNMX @timothysykes http://t.co/cKDTAtEMBH
Nine Stocks
3 Aug 15 18:00:52
MA10-MA50 Bull Crossover: $FCAU, $HCN, $SNMX, $STZ, $VMW http://t.co/71ss80wz7v
[StockyAndrew]
3 Aug 15 17:47:55
$SNMX Short under todays close price 6.96
Media Sentiment
3 Aug 15 17:00:18
$SNMX received a new alert. Find out why at http://t.co/nZwqReM0tj #stocks #daytrading #trading #mkt #NYSE #NASDAQ #markets 480
MarketBeatCom
3 Aug 15 16:58:37
Senomyx upgraded by Zacks to strong-buy. $8.00 PT. http://t.co/qR0mfsavcb $SNMX #SNMX
Dakota Financial
3 Aug 15 16:54:04
Zacks Upgrades Senomyx to Strong-Buy $SNMX http://t.co/AuAgMAI5nA
US Consumer News
3 Aug 15 16:48:34
Senomyx upgraded by Zacks to strong-buy. $8.00 PT. http://t.co/AlhlHYz1D1 $SNMX #SNMX
MrAdde
3 Aug 15 16:12:53
Senomyx: The Long Wait Is (Nearly) Over http://t.co/UwwjN2fKcL $SNMX, $PEP
12Stocks.com
3 Aug 15 16:04:00
SmallCap #Stocks Trend $ARR $LXRX $I $MLAB $SNMX $PLUG $GALT $DENN $TIS $EXEL $AMCC $ATEN $SENEA $IPCM more@ http://t.co/Giravo3fg9
12Stocks.com
3 Aug 15 16:03:43
Smallcap #Stocks Performance $ARR $MILL $LXRX $WRES $CAS $I $MLAB $SNMX $PLUG $DXM $GALT $FMI $IMKTA more@ http://t.co/Giravo3fg9
Quantpost Cnsmr Good
3 Aug 15 15:54:29
$PEP News: "Senomyx: The Long Wait Is (Nearly) Over $PEP $SNMX" http://t.co/9rU81hw1Wm Analyze: https://t.co/WRKmhK2uma
Long & Short Ideas
3 Aug 15 15:54:29
Senomyx: The Long Wait Is (Nearly) Over http://t.co/tTJCbD0Ljn $PEP $SNMX
Seeking Alpha
3 Aug 15 15:54:28
Senomyx: The Long Wait Is (Nearly) Over http://t.co/hfjOEOARgM $PEP $SNMX
dailystockplays.com
3 Aug 15 15:05:56
Expansion Breakout http://t.co/LOrEwbYzD7 $NEE $ARMK $DENN $SNMX $PZA $OGEN $CLX $CHGG $NPI $FNF $FPO $AXS $SIAL
SleepyT
3 Aug 15 14:06:46
My Watch list for 8/4/15 $SNMX $EXEL $TRVN $CHGG
Profit Trade Room
3 Aug 15 13:14:42
20 Biggest Gainers today $GAI $LXRX $OGEN $CAS $I $HTCH $AMD $SNMX $TEAR $NTP $CFMS $PLUG $RUSS $DUST $FTR $DWTI $FMI http://t.co/jG5Jl47ewY
12Stocks.com
3 Aug 15 13:01:41
SmallCap #Stocks Trend $ARR $LXRX $I $SNMX $MLAB $PLUG $TIS $SENEA $ATEN $AMCC $IPCM $EXEL $ALGT more@ http://t.co/Giravo3fg9
12Stocks.com
3 Aug 15 13:01:24
Smallcap #Stocks Performance $ARR $MILL $LXRX $WRES $CAS $I $SNMX $ACI $MLAB $GALT $OFLX $FMI $DGI more@ http://t.co/Giravo3fg9
Quantcha
3 Aug 15 09:31:13
Big Gainer Alert: Trading today’s 12.1% move in SENOMYX $SNMX http://t.co/L0oz52m49R
Ryan Strong
3 Aug 15 09:31:09
Out $SNMX at 7.04. Just over 3k profit
Stock Trade Alerts
3 Aug 15 09:13:13
Price Action Alert $SNMX - SENOMYX #stocks #intraday ~ via #AlertTrade
Luke Diolosa
3 Aug 15 08:24:36
$SNMX is an e/w with nice range and a perfect multi-month top breakout! I wouldn't chase here, maybe wait for a dip to MAYBE buy
Breaking News
3 Aug 15 07:24:09
$SNMX: Brokerages Anticipate Senomyx to Post ($0.06) EPS (NASDAQ:SNMX): http://t.co/gy7oKh3b5J
Steve Feffer
3 Aug 15 06:59:46
$SNMX monster spot broke 6.46
Ticker Report
3 Aug 15 06:41:53
Brokerages Anticipate Senomyx to Post $$0.06 EPS $SNMX http://t.co/oVun526jIh
Dakota Financial
3 Aug 15 06:39:30
Brokerages Anticipate Senomyx to Post $$0.06 EPS $SNMX http://t.co/ZpjtfsbiW5
Greg David
3 Aug 15 06:23:25
http://t.co/APzP66vnr4 nailed 22 picks in a row last week. Awesome. Google them. Related: $AHT $RFP $STM $JASO $CTRL $PDFS $SNMX
PAYD
3 Aug 15 06:15:51
$VRNG $HTCH $OMVS $ATEN $CVEO $MOBL $RNO $AQXP $RJET $ISNS $MBVX $EGO $NVFY $ERN $SNMX $IBIO $CMLS $MXWL http://t.co/xZtFj2BgXa
US Banking News
3 Aug 15 06:09:31
Senomyx Gets Average Rating of Sell from Analysts $SNMX http://t.co/S9EhSfX1ES
InfoTrie
3 Aug 15 00:59:55
$SNMX:US Senomyx (SNMX) Releases Quarterly Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $0.04 EPS #SENOMYX INC http://t.co/hwfFM8kEO3 #NASDAQ
				
				
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